Nitro Blast - Black Hand - 2

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Nitro Blast - Black Hand - 2 - gold-coii'tent TWO BUILDINGS AT BLACK HAND ARE...
gold-coii'tent TWO BUILDINGS AT BLACK HAND ARE WIPED OUT Devastation Marks Site of Pro ducers Torpedo Company; Plant at Rock Haven. C. D. SLOAN IS VICTIM - ( QnJj Bits of Flesh and Frag-ments of Clothing of Victim Are Found. A terrific blast caused by the explosion of 'approximately 900 quarts, of nitroglycerin in the plant of the Producers Torpedo company near Kock Haven park,' Black Hand, cost the life of Clifford D. Sloan, 52, Marietta, president and general manager of the company, and utterly demolished the plant late Monday afternoon. Onjy fragments of Sloan's body were found. His Elk watch charm, business 'cards, a check book, a fragment of a $10 bill, some lodge receipts, nicked tin near tha I r " f VI V scene of the explosion, lead to tne identification of the victim. What caused the explosion will never be known. No one eonnected with the company here knew that Sloan was at the plant, and the purpose of his visit Is not known. At Marietta, It was declared that he was on an Inspection trip of his company's property. Kenneth Borror, Fairfield avenue, well shooter. Is the company's rep. resentatlve here. He was unable to explain what caused the explosion and was unaware that It had oc- curred until notified by telephone at nia home, The plant Is located In a hollow approximately J000 feet north of Rock Haven park at Black -Hainl.'ir-., fionsisien of a brick structure, a frame structure and a rough shack where the Violent explosive Is mixed. Horror does the mixing as the explosive Is lieeded, storing in the two magazines what Is not needed for Immediate use. . ! Sloan was the only one who could tell what happened. Residents in thai vicinity only knew that there were! two blasts which produced a terrific' concussion and detonation. Scores of windows in homes and buildings ia Toboso were broken by the blast. . . L. A. Bowman of Zaneaville, B. & O. railroad agent at Toboso, heard the first blast and, looking In the direction of the roar, he witnessed the effccls of the second explosion. Clay E. Van Allen of Zanesvllle was on the Newark-Hanover road near the scene of the explosion on his way home from Columbus. Hs happened to be looking in the direction of the plant when the first explosion occurred. He said a great ball of fire leaped Into the air, followed instantly by the terrific noise. It was followed closely by the second explosion. He was the first to arrh-e on the scene of the blast. It was he ' who found the cards, check book. Elk charm and other articles by which th victim was identified. , Sloan's automobile, parked near the magazines was badly damaged but was driven to Horror's home under Its own power. Trees were blown down or torn to splinters, bricks from one magazine were driven into tree trunks, parts of the sheet-iron roof were wrapped about tree trunks, one of the holes In the earth caused by the blast was 30 feet long and 10 feet deep. The two magazines were 600 feet apart. The automobile was parked 'half way between the two. The explosion marked the third tlm that this plant has been destroyed. In one of the previous blasts, Wlllard King, torpedo man, was killed. Sloan, besides directing the business of the Producers company, was (Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)

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  1. The Newark Advocate,
  2. 25 Apr 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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